Researchers at Boston University’s College of Engineering are working on a new system that will use visible light as a medium of internet connectivity.
The proposed systems will employ low-power LED system as data network access point, which will support data transfer speeds up to 10mbps, and the light based internet connectivity networks will be more secure than the existing RF networks, researchers claimed.
The initiative named, the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Centre, will receive a huge funding of USD 18.5 million from the US National Science Foundation.
Explaining the importance of the project, Thomas Little, professor Boston University said, “Imagine if your computer, iPhone, TV, radio and thermostat could all communicate when you walked in a room just by flipping the wall light switch”.
The LED-based communication system will be much better than the existing RF based Wi-Fi technology, in terms of low power consumption, no electromagnetic interference and high reliability, Little added.
Researchers have also affirmed that the future forms of the technology would provide higher speeds and expected to extend its support to more sophisticated devices such as, smartphones, TVs, etc.